Statistics have been released regarding a 2013 study on car versus semi-truck accidents in Ohio. They show that the majority of accidents fault the driver of the car for various reasons like following too close and staying in blind spots. The reasons discussed are things we should all consider when driving around semis so we can keep the roads safer.
Its just another morning for Pryor. He has just dropped off a Jet Express trailer at the Dayton Origin Distribution Center in Clayton, a trailer that will be filled with parts for the DMAX truck engine plant in Moraine. A day later, Pryor will return to pick up the trailer and haul it to a DMAX warehouse in Dayton.
But on the way from the distribution center, smaller cars swarm Pryors truck. They follow too closely and edge into his lane in front of him, without signaling or allowing enough room.
A lot of them, theyll cut in front of you, and then theyll slow down, Pryor said with a chuckle.
The key, he said, is patience.
Youve just got to take it slow, said the 14-year Jet Express driver and retired Pittsburgh firefighter. Youve got to be calm, cool and collected. Thats part of your job.
Who do you blame for highway accidents?
A 2013 study examining 8,309 fatal car-truck crashes, car drivers were assigned factors, or found at fault, in 81% of crashes versus 27% for truck drivers, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Cars were the encroaching vehicle in 89% of head-on crashes, 88% of opposite-direction sideswipes, 80% of rear-end crashes and 72% of same-direction sideswipes obvious indicators of fault, according to an American Trucking Associations summary of the studys findings.